Jedd Beaudoin

Host/Producer

Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster who has been with KMUW since 2007. He is the host and producer of Strange Currency, a two-hour music show, which airs Monday-Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. He is also the producer of the bi-weekly trends commentary “Into It,” as well as “Musical Space” and he produces and writes KMUW’s bi-weekly theatre roundup “At Play.” He received his MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University in 2001 (where he was a Creative Writing Fellow) and holds a B.A. in English (with an emphasis in writing) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Beaudoin hosts Wichita Sessions on KPTS Channel 8. The show, which features local and regional music acts in performance, is now in its third season. Since 1999 he has worked as a freelance journalist. He served as music critic and editor for two Wichita alternative newspapers, F5 (2003-06) and Wichita City Paper (of which he was also managing editor, 2006-07). He currently contributes music, film, and book reviews to PopMatters.com, where he also pens (alternating with two other writers) commentary on country music for the site’s “Kickin’ Up Dust” column.

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

A Musical Life: Lalanea Chastain

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Lalanea Chastain has been performing music since she was a teenager, focusing on blues and jazz, although she is comfortable in most genres. “I’ll sing virtually anything,” she says. She lives in Wichita, where she is currently honing her guitar skills.

My name is Lalanea Chastain. I’m a local singer. My latest project is with the blues band Yale Street Players. I also play with a cover band, Blue Eyed Soul. I started playing music with my family.

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Music
5:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

March Goes Beyond 'Indie' With Beck, of Montreal

Morning Phase is the latest release from featured artist, Beck.
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Monday, March 3: Blank Project is the latest release by Swedish-born singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry and her first album in 18 years. Cherry has said that the album is in part a mourning of her mother, who died in 2009. The singer is perhaps best known for her 1989 dance hit “Buffalo Stance.” We’ll hear from that record plus selections from featured artist Beck’s latest album, Morning Phase, his first album since 2008 and a record he has called a companion piece to his somber 2002 album Sea Change.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

At Play: Angel Finds Southern Comfort

The Wichita State University School of Performing Arts presents Violet March 6-9. Violet is based on The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts and set in 1964 in the deep south. The story follows the growth and enlightenment of a bitter young woman scarred by an accident as a young girl. One of the most acclaimed off-Broadway shows of the 1990’s, Violet is currently being staged on Broadway in a production starring Sutton Foster. This production is directed by guest director Stephen Kopel .

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Music
5:00 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Appleseed Collective Marries Tradition, Excitement

The Appleseed Collective will be playing at Rock Island Live on Tuesday, February 25 at 8:30pm.
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Formed in 2010 by guitarist and vocalist Andrew Brown and violinist Brandon Smith, the Appleseed Collective was initially inspired by music that came from Europe and New Orleans in the years before World War II. Brown explains how he and his bandmates took that music as a template and updated it with more contemporary leanings.

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music
1:17 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Oxford American's Annual Music Issue, 'Muscle Shoals' Documentary Soundtrack

Wednesday's feature: The soundtrack of Muscle Shoals, a documentary about the small Alabama town of the same name, its recording studios and the now-famous musicians who recorded there.
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Monday, Feb. 24 2014: Lake Street Dive is comprised of musicians who met at the New England Conservatory in Boston a decade ago. The collective draws on elements of Stax, Motown, and jazz for its unique sound, which can be heard on the group’s latest release, Bad Self Portraits. We’ll hear from that as well as from Dark Night of the Soul, the latest from Jimbo Mathus and The Tri-State Coalition.

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Commentary
4:08 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

A Musical Life: Shawn Craver

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After a series of events including California, trains, and Indian reservations, Shawn Craver came to Wichita in October of 2008. An unexpected emergency left him with a difficult choice to make about his life and shortly after, he played fiddle for the first time and founded the band Raging Sea. As Raging Sea progressed, Shawn picked up his original instrument, the guitar, in a post-punk/folk style that took him back to his beginnings as a rocker.

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Music
5:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Vehicles: Finding Happiness With 'Bluebird'

Vehicles will be celebrating the release of "This Bluebird Wants Me Dead" on Saturday, Feb. 22 at Lucky’s Everyday.
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Musicians Kerry Bainum and Cody Cloud have played in bands together for more than 15 years. When it looked like their current band, Vehicles, was on the verge of collapse a few years ago, the two friends decided that instead of letting the band come to an abrupt end, as they’d done in the past, they’d keep it together. After all, Cloud says, a new band always faces serious challenges when it tries to get off the ground.

“It’s a matter of momentum," he says. "Who wants to lose momentum? The heart and soul of the band is still here—me and the drummer, so why not keep going?”

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Music
5:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Enter The Dragon: Split Lip Rayfield Ends Hiatus

After 15 months, Split Lip Rayfield ended their hiatus with a performance on New Year's Eve at The Bottleneck in Lawrence, KS.
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After nearly 10 years of non-stop touring, the members of Kansas-based band Split Lip Rayfield decided to take a break—an unbelievably long one by the trio’s standards. The hiatus spanned nearly 15 months, starting in October 2012 and ending on New Year’s Eve in Lawrence. The band’s Wayne Gottstine says it was something the members all felt they needed.

“We played a ton of shows in the last couple of years so we needed a little time off to rest up the old man, I guess," Gottstine says. "I think it’s probably one of the longer breaks in the 16 years that Split Lip’s been around.”

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon February 17, 2014

At Play: Theatre Goes Underground

Now through February 22, the Crown Uptown presents Godspell. Godspell is a musical by Stephen Schwartz that paints a portrait with various musical parables from the Gospel According to Matthew. Jesus Christ recruits a group of followers and teaches them lessons through song and dance featuring a wide range of musical genres including bluegrass, R&B and rock and roll.

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blues
5:00 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Saluting Presidents' Day, Harry Nilsson, And The Beatles' Solo Projects

"Of Great and Mortal Men: 43 Songs for 43 U.S. Presidencies"
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Monday, Feb. 17 2014: We team up with Global Village and Night Train for a Presidents’ Day special featuring selections from some politically active musicians, including Joe Walsh, Frank Zappa, Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys, and others, plus some quasi-political musings from Little Feat, Ian Hunter, and selections from Of Great and Mortal Men: 43 Songs For 43 U.S. Presidencies.

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